Portrait of "Mother Bailey"

Anna Warner Bailey

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Portrait of Anna Warner Bailey (1758-1851), known as "Mother Bailey." She was an early Groton resident who met soldiers from the Battle of Groton Heights. When she asked them how it was going, they told her poorly, because they lacked wadding for their guns. She promptly took off her flannel petticoat and tore it into strips for their use.

Portrait is an oval oil painting in a gold leaf frame. The artist is unknown. In the portrait, Mother Bailey wears a white cap tied under her chin, a red neckerchief and an olive green shawl. Based on the portrait, she appears to have had blue eyes and dark hair.